Today in Soap Opera History (June 7)

1978: Laurie Heineman and James Pritchett won Dayitme Emmys.
1984: Ryan's Hope's Dave thought of Katie during his wedding to
Maggie. 2007: Passions' Whitney couldn't forget Chad's
relationship with Vincent. 2010: One Life to Live's Bo
and Nora were married.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1944: On the Battle of Normandy's second day, CBS Radio aired a full lineup of soaps, listed with sponsors and a synopsis below:

9:45 a.m. This Life is Mind (Commercials suspended) - Eden was concerned that Bob's ex-wife Lois was still very much a part of his life.
10:30 a.m. The Open Door (Royal Puddings and Gelatins) - John threatened to sell the family feed and grain store.
10:45 a.m. Bachelor's Children (Wonder Bread and Hostess Cakes) - To everyone's surprise, a real Joan Gray turned up in town.
11:15 a.m. Second Husband (Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder) - Mildred was ineffective in trying to persuade Elsa to send Fran back home.
11:30 a.m. Bright Horizon (Swan Soap) - An inscription on a bronze vase threatened  Michael West's chances in the race for governor.
11:45 a.m. Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories (Spry All-Vegetable Shortening) - White ruffled curtains brought hope to Jim and Claire's relationship.
12:15 p.m. Big Sister (Rinso) - Frank took Steve to a semi-conscious Ricky.
12:30 p.m. The Romance of Helen Trent (Bisodol) - Gil pondered his decision while Helen worried.
12:45 p.m. Our Gal Sunday (Anacin) -  Lord Henry and Sunday discussed the whereabouts of villainous Ambrose Fairbrook, III.
1:00 p.m. Life Can Be Beautiful (Ivory Soap - commercials omitted) - Chichi agreed to marry Stephen and accompany him on his trip to South America.
1:15 p.m. Ma Perkins (Oxydol) - The Pendletons both wanted to see Jeffrey Powell, but for vastly different reasons.
2:00 p.m. Portia Faces Life (Grape Nuts Flakes and Grape Nuts Wheat Meal) - Portia and Colonel Wakefield tried to thwart the evil Nazi, Herr Doktor.
2:15 p.m. Joyce Jordan, M.D. (Postum) - Vic Manion and Carol Brewster shared a kiss.
3:00 p.m. The Story of Mary Marlin (Tenderleaf Tea) - Wealthy constituent Reed Morton chose a clever way of introducing himself to Mary.
1972: On Another World Rachel (Robin Strasser) became furious at Ted (Stephen Bolster) for criticizing her father.

1978: On One Life to Live, Bonnie Harmer (Kim Zimmer) threated Paul Kendall (Tom Fuccello) not to double cross her.

1978: At the 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Days of our Lives was named Outstanding Drama Series. Ryan's Hope won for Outstanding Writing, with the award presented by Beverlee McKinsey and Ilene Kristen. The acting winners were James Pritchett (Dr. MattThe Doctors) and Laurie Heineman (Sharlene Frame, Another World), in what was considered a major upset over her co-stars Victoria Wyndham and Beverlee McKinsey.

"I'd like to thank anybody and everybody that had anything to do with this moment, I don't care if it was inadvertent, illegal or prejudice, I'm just damned pleased to be here," Pritchett joke in his acceptance speech.

1982: Terri Garber debuted as Allison Linden on Texas.

1984: On Ryan's Hope, Dave (Scott Holmes) and Maggie's (Cali Timmins) wedding began.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Melissa Anderson (Lisa Trusel) was surprised to find Carlo Forenza (Don Diamont) with Marvin "Speed" Selejko.

1985: On Days of our Lives, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) worried that Bo (Peter Reckell) regretted being married, while Bo started working with Theo.

1990: On Another World, Jake (Tom Eplin) was determined to prove that Vicky (Anne Heche) was an unfit mother.

1994: On The Young and the Restless, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) insisted marrying Hope was wrong for Victor (Eric Braeden).

1999: Christopher Goutman took over as executive producer of As the World Turns.

2002: Actor James Luisi died at age 73. His soap roles included Duke Johnson on Days of our Lives, Ben Clark on Santa Barbara and Philip Wainwright on Another World.

2002: On General Hospital, Carly (Tamara Braun) thanked Jason (Steve Burton) for not telling Sonny that she got her memory back and stayed away to punish Sonny for sleeping with Alexis.

2007: On Passions, Chad (Charles Divins) begged Whitney (Brook Kerr) to give him another chance, but she couldn't forget walking in on him having sex with Vincent.

2010: On The Bold and the Beautiful, ­Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Eric (John McCook) spent a romantic evening together in the Big Bear cabin. Stephanie admitted that she had been wrong about Brooke and wanted to make amends with her. Meanwhile, Oliver (Zack Conroy) was overwhelmed with guilt about what took place at Hope's (Kim Matula) graduation party. It became difficult to hide his emotions and Oliver experienced a panic attack.

2010: On One Life to Live, Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) got married after Clint (Jerry verDorn) put away his gun.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
George Guidall (ex-Baron von Halkein, Guiding Light; ex-Robert, Another World) - 78
Christopher Pennock (ex-Justin, Guiding Light; ex-Steven, The Young and the Restless; ex-Joe, Days of our Lives; ex-Gabriel, Dark Shadows; ex-Mitch, General Hospital) - 72
A.C. Weary (ex-Gary, The Edge of Night; ex-Theo, One Life to Live; ex-Paramedic, Ryan's Hope) - 65
William Forsythe (ex-Manny, Boardwalk Empire) - 61
Dean Sullivan (ex-Jimmy, Brookside) - 61
Chris Marcantel (ex-Curtis, Loving; ex-Pete, Another World; ex-Tim, Guiding Light) - 58
Kathryn Meisle (ex-Juliet, Loving; ex-Cindy, One Life to Live) - 56
Mark Steines (ex-Escort, The Young and the Restless)  - 52
Kim Rhodes (ex-Cindy, Another World; ex-Cindy, As the World Turns) - 47
Austin Miller (ex-Hawk, Days of our Lives) - 40
Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Amber, The Young and the Restless; ex-Amber, L.A. Diaries; ex-Tiffany, Sunset Beach) - 38
Daryn Strauss (ex-Beth, Downsized)

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